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Re: Syntarsus says farewell...



On Fri, 1 Feb 2002, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:

> Syntarsus Raath 1969 (type species S. rhodesiensis, ref. sp. S.
> kayentakatae) is proccupied by a (damned) beetle, Syntarsus Fairmaire 1869
> (Coleoptera: Zopheridae: Colydiinae).  The following is not a "nomen
> oblitum", but has been in current use in beetle circles.
>
> A trio of entomologists have recently published a nomenclatural note
> renaming the Early Jurassic coelophysid Megapnosaurus.  The etymology is
> Greek megas (big), apnoos (dead), and sauros (lizard).

Big??? Compared to a beetle, maybe ... what an awful name.

Stupid insects ... first _Mononychus_, then _Rahona_, now this! OOC, does
this hold the record for the longest amount of time a preoccupied name for
a fossil dinosaur has gone unnoticed? Certainly must rank up there....

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